Today on Black Sheep Radio: Jeff Black (The Radon Lounge)


Today we have a very special episode of The Black Sheep Radio Show lined up. Today we will be having our first guest(s) on since we hit the five year mark of running our weekly radio program. Today our main guest is Jeff Black of Springfield house venue The Radon Lounge. Jeff will be coordinating a “Radon Presents…” show at Black Sheep tomorrow night, which we are very excited for. We will be talking with Jeff about that as well as playing music from bands playing tomorrow night. We will also be talking about other going-ons, playing some cuts from your voted top Springfield songs of 2017, talking to someone from a new Springfield house venue called The C.F.P., and more.

Tune in to The Black Sheep Radio Show today and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88. 3 WQNA fm on your radio dial or stream at during that same time. Check out our radio page where we are starting to collect recorded programs we have done from over the years.


February 17th at Black Sheep: Beyond Peace, Spell Breaker, The Velveteers, Spirits, SCRUB


We have a show going on in nine days on Saturday, February 17th featuring a lot of acts to look forward to! At the top of the bill is blisteringly fast hardcore band “Beyond Peace” coming from Iowa City, Iowa. We are very blessed to have them play in our space. Looks like this is also another one for very busy Springfield punk group Spell Breaker as well. And another touring act on the bill is a duo called The Velveteers coming all the way from Denver, Colorado. Check out one of their songs embedded on the player below. Then from over the river our friends from St. Louis will be coming and playing in the rock group called “Spirits” – featuring members of past bands Black Panties, and more. Opening things up will be the ongoing band lotto 2017 band SCRUB.

This show will start at 7:00 pm and admission is $7. Find a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is going on at Black Sheep in these coming months.

The Studio Show: Season 3 Episode 1


We are very excited that our favorite Springfield-based web series is back! The Studio Show within the past week released their first episode of a brand new Season #3 after being gone from us with their last season ending roughly one year ago. The usual cast of Arlin Peebles and Keil Isham are back as two hosts of the series with 30 minute episodes featuring local artists and musicians and other fun tidbits thrown in. Episode one of the new season features local poet Ian Winterbauer and local singer/songwriter Kate Laine as guests. Both of whom are very familiar to the Black Sheep stage. Stream that new episode on the player below. Check out The Studio Show’s Youtube channel for all episodes of the past.

Pictured above is a writeup done on The Studio Show in this week’s copy of The Illinois Times done by Scott Faingold. You can find that here. Host of The Studio Show Aril Peebles will also be performing at Black Sheep this Saturday as part of the Radon Lounge presents show.

Tonight at Black Sheep: The Complaint Line, The Little Death, Our Landmark, Bottom Bracket


It might be a Thursday, but did you know there is a show going on tonight at Black Sheep? This one features all types of alternative rock. We have The Complaint Line headlining the bill from right here in Springfield. We also have the indie-sad rock band from Springfield/Taylorville called The Little Death up before them. This show will feature one out of town act and that is a newer Champaign indie rock group called Our Landmark. You can stream some of their music on the player below. Opening things up this time around is hit #1 2017 album of the year band, Bottom Bracket.

Things start tonight at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a list of shows coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.

Friday at “The C.F.P.”: Spell Breaker, Stick People, Sorry Charlie


There’s a show happening this weekend in Springfield at a brand new house venue!? Did you know that? And it’s not the Radon Lounge! (Instead The Radon Lounge is going to be taking over Black Sheep on Saturday). What kind of backwards weekend is this? On Friday night, February 9th there will be a show featuring an all local lineup of three bands at a new house venue called “The C.F.P.” (we do not know what this officially stands for but our best bet is Carter’s Friendship Palace). This show will feature hit Springfield rock group Spell Breaker, a band very familiar to our own Black Sheep stage. Taylorville’s secret band Stick People will also be making an appearance. Then (we are guessing opening things up) is the first performance of a brand new Springfield band that we know little about called “Sorry Charlie.” Those three acts.

The show starts at 7:00 over at this mysterious new house. To find out where it is, go check out the facebook event. Admission is donation based. Also check out our shows page for the best list of shows happening in town outside of Black Sheep that we could put together.

Best of Springfield Music 2017: Shows

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The further we get here into 2018 the more we should just get the end of our three part best of 2017 the heck over with!! Finally, here is the third and final part of of our three part series with your top voted shows that happened in Springfield in the year 2017.

1. 10-2 at Black Sheep: Looming (Seed Album Release), Screaming Females, Street Eaters, Choir Vandals 


2. June 9th, 10th, 11th Dumb Fe5t (seven locations throughout Springfield, 50 bands from 17 different states)


3. 9-16 Black Sheep 12 Year Anniversary Show with Bottom Bracket, Stick People, Prowess, Kate Laine

4. 4-7 at Black Sheep: Hippie Squishers, Vanilla Gorilla, Hood E. Klimate, Kabass


5. 7-1 at Black Sheep: Food & Money (reunion), Backwards Day (reunion), Livin’ Thing, Spell Breaker

6. 11-18 at Black Sheep: Black Sheep Band Lotto 2017

7. 7-7 at Black Sheep: P.I.N.T., Leche, Say Something, Grady Drugg (“The Bouncehouse Show”)

8. 10-14 at Black Sheep: Battle of the Bands

9. 5-13 at Black Sheep: Black Sheep Cover Show Part 6

10. 12-22 at Black Sheep: Black Sheep Holiday Show with Vonne (reunion), Bottom Bracket, Rockford, Telephone Junkies

New Band Pages: Nefarious Cloud


It’s been a minute since we’ve added any new band pages on our site, and there are certainly plenty of new bands and musical acts in Springfield that we have not yet covered on our site so we better get back on it! Today we have a page set up for independent hip hop artist who has been making a splash in our city for a minute – Nefarious Cloud. Check out the new Nefarious Cloud page on our site where you can read a pretty lengthy bio on the artist as well as stream some of his music. No Nefarious Cloud shows are lined up at Black Sheep at the moment.

Check out any of our 50+ current band pages on our site right here. Do you play in a band here in town that has not yet gotten a page set up with us? We would love to hear from you – send us an email to and we will work with you in setting one up!